Scott Kalitta dies in drag racing accident

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Scott Kalitta dies in drag racing accident

Postby Kreegz2 » Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:42 pm

Kalitta was killed when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed during the 4th and final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Kalitta’s car was traveling at around 300 miles per hour when the engine of his funny car exploded into flames.

Slow motion replay of the run shows something goes wrong with the engine as the exhaust on the left side of the car appears amiss. When the engine let go, it exploded creating a fireball and breaking the car body in half around the hood and windshield area. The body lifted off the car in flames and flew back as the car continued down the track. Replay shows a continued fire as the car slowed slightly but not enough. The parachutes were torched and did little to stop the car. The car continued down the track, went through the sand, over some dirt, through a fence, and hit the wall shooting the car into the air into hundreds of pieces. An immediate fireball enveloped the car as part landed in the woods and part appears to land on the camera tower. [1]

The NHRA said on Kalitta's passing that “Scott shared the same passion for drag racing as his legendary father, Connie. He also shared the same desire to win, becoming a two-time series world champion. He left the sport for a period of time, to devote more time to his family, only to be driven to return to the drag strip to regain his championship form."
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Re: Scott Kalitta dies in drag racing accident

Postby Ruutu15 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:18 pm

NHRA is the only racing that I really enjoy. Living in Indy, I have had the chance to go to the US Nationals for the past 5 years, and it's always a good time. The drivers are all like your best friend when you go down in the pit areas to talk to them, very personable. Kalitta was a good driver, and may he rest in peace.
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Re: Scott Kalitta dies in drag racing accident

Postby IGotTheBlues12 » Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:02 am

I didn't watch the videos posted. I saw it once on T.V. and that was enough for me. Rest In Peace Scott you will be missed.
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